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Jones Park 

 Colorado Springs, Colorado 



Louds Cabin 

Loud's Cabin remains




Trip Details:

Directions:   Jones Park- Colorado Springs, Colorado 

Jones Park is in Cheyenne Canyon and may be reached by either the Captain Jacks (667) and 7 Bridges trails.  See those trail descriptions for most information on how to reach this connecting trail.

From the top of the 7 Bridges trail turn to the north (downhill) on the Pipeline trail (662A) to reach Jones Park.  Jones Park is located at the confluence of the streams along trail 667. 

About 300 yards to the west off of 667 is a side trail to the north that leads to Loud's Cabin.  Due east, about 50 yards away are the remains of a second cabin.  To the North is a trail to Mt. Garfield.

A series of small trails cross the area.



Brief History

  • History:

      "On August 1, 1973, Mr. Joesph .C. Jones, one of Colorado's pioneers, has put up a building in 'Jones Park' about half way to the summit of Pikes Peak, where he proposes to keep a hotel and restaurant for the convenience of persons ascending the Peak."  - local paper.
  • To get there, one traveled on the Bear Creak Toll Road, known as previously as the Pikes Peak trail, the first leg of the historic 1873 road to Pikes Peak via Jones Park to the Lake House at Lake Moraine.  At Jones Park was a resort for the "thousands of visitors" expected. Jones, a prospector and explorer, was deemed to be a good citizen and purchased the 160 acre tract for $200.
  • Jones erected a log house 18' by 22' by cultivated a garden.  Included were find ponds, bird houses, vines and a planned opera house.  Some accounts portray Jones as somewhat crazy in his later life.  He died in 1882.  His cabin burnt down leaving only a chimney. 
  • In 1889, the Bear Creek Inn was the most important structure with 8 rooms, at Rosamont Park (Jones Park).  The lodge was constructed around the old Jones chimney.  The lodge was owned and operated by Edwin and Edith (Corliss) Giles.  Many other cabins dotted the area.
  • Edwin S. Giles became a central figure in the area. and constructed many of the cabins, and formed the Rosemont Park Company (including Frank Loud) for the purpose of developing the area.   A railroad was planned to go through Jones Park to Cripple Creek, and when in 1891 gold was discovered in Cripple Creek, surveys for the rail route were done.  However, when the proposed short line railroad was built a a lower elevation instead, hopes for the area dwindled.
  • The Giles family, that pioneered Jones Park, ultimately left to mine in Goldfield, NV.  If there was any justice the area would be known as Gile's Park.
  • In 1884 Frank Loud, age 33, paid $147 for 108 acres, and built a log house 16' square that was later destroyed by a snow slide.   In 1902, he rebuilt the current cabin, called the Chipmunk Lodge, and 2 other cabins.  One cabin using the logs form the original cabin, and the other the Ruby Gleam.  The Rudy Gleam burnt, but the cabin made from the logs of the original cabin lasted until about 1960.
  •  Other settlers obtained patents to all of the land in the area.  Gradually, Loud acquired a controlling interest in much of the land.   The City of Colorado Springs obtained deed to the Loud lands in 1946, and the last deed to lands in 1952.  The City planned to build a "million dollar" dam at Jones Park in 1948, but that was never built.

    Shattered Dreams on Pikes Peak, by Ivan Brunk (1987) is the authoritative history of this area.

    Frank Loud Frank Herbert Loud (1852-1927) was a mainstay of mathematical life at Colorado College for its first third of a century, the first head of the department of mathematics. Loud's 1880 textbook, An Introduction to Geometry upon the Analytical Plan, began the tradition of textbook writing by CC faculty members. He continued to make a number of mathematical contributions in research papers. Loud  formed the Colorado Meteorological Association, which had its headquarters at the College's Meteorological Observatory, where students took regular readings over many years. On his retirement in 1907 Loud continued to live in Colorado Springs (1203 N. Tejon) and to pursue his meteorological and astronomical work.
    The image was taken from an oil portrait done by J.I.McClymont of Colorado Springs in the mid 1920's. Frank Loud, a science professor and librarian who was a classmate of Melvil Dewey’s at Amherst when Dewey first introduced his scheme. Prof. Loud set up the liabrary at Colorado College.  The Dewey system was used until 1987 when conversion to Library of Congress began.

    In another odd report of the time in the New York Times: 

    SUICIDE IN OBSERVATORY.; Caretaker Ends Life After Partially Burning Prof. Loud's Instruments. July 6, 1909

    Lew H. Warriner, caretaker of the Stellar Observatory for Prof. Frank H. Loud of Colorado College, committed suicide early to-day by shooting himself, after having first soaked the floors of the observatory with coal oil and fired it in three places.

    To the east of Loud's Cabin was another cabin known to be frequented by a local Colorado Springs musician, Des Bryant, who often would practice his flute and stay.  The cabin was unusual in design in that it was a story and one half with a loft that was accessed by a slat later.  In the 1960s the cabin fell into disrepair and today the only remains are the storage bricks that were once below the small structure.
  • MAP

    Summary: Loop hike with lots of history. 



    Historical remains - Loud's Cabin


    Colorado Springs, CO


    stream, rock formations, artifacts



    Elevation Gain:


    Hike Time:

    2.0-3.5 hours round trip from Gold Camp lot



    Trail Condition:

    good single wide  - no climbing skill required







    Cabin Remains for Loud's Cabin in Jones Park

    Loud's Cabin 

    Loud's Cabin (2010)




    Below: Remains of Loud's third cabin made from original logs of snow slide cabin

    Cabin Remains 



    Metal Bucket, cups, cans and artifact from Jones Park

    the "trash dump" is along the trial above the camp



    Above cellar of another cabin remains located southwest of Jones Park - may be the Morris cabin

    Below are the land claims in the area, and cabin locations.

    Jones Park Land claims


    Mt. Garfield on left - Mt Arthur (?) likely in center \

    Mt Grafield 


    Below Pictures of one of the eclipse stations Loud led studies concerning




    Loud's Chipmunk Inn Cabin



    More History:

    By 1873, a primitive road led to the peak, where a weather station had been established. In 1901, two Denver men drove and occasionally pushed the first automobile-a locomobile steamer- to the summit.

    In July 1873, two U.S. Army Signal Service enlistees, Sgt. George Boehmer and Private James H Smith, were ordered to climb to top of Pikes Peak to determine if a weather observatory could be established. They loaded a burro with supplies and proceeded up the mountain on horseback, reaching the top on the second day. They returned to their Colorado Springs office exhausted and reported back to the Signal Service's Washington office and General Myer.

    Another trip was planned, this time with Boehmer, Smith and three others, Private Edward Boutelle, Officer Fitch and C. Ford Stevens. Boehmer and Boutelle sustained injuries related to their horsemanship and returned to Colorado Springs. The other three pressed on. When they reached the summit of Pikes Peak, all agreed that this location would be ideal for the research of atmospheric phenomenon and its relationship to weather and forecasting.


    Before the winter snows, a Denver builder and civilian workers were paid $2,500 to build a "signal station." They completed the job in four weeks. The original building was 18 by 30 feet long, and ten feet high, with walls 18 inches thick. There were two rooms. One was the office and bedroom for the officer in charge (typically a sergeant). The other served as the kitchen, storeroom and sleep quarters for the assistants. The station was constantly manned - both summer and winter for 16 years.

    The Pikes Peak Weather Observatory was officially dedicated on October 11, 1873.

    Though foot traffic and burro rides up Pikes Peak were common in the earlier days, the first crude road up the mountain opened in 1887. Built by the Cascade and Pikes Peak Toll Road Company, this new road afforded sightseers and thrill seekers the ability to reach the top of the mountain via the more comfortable wagon or carriage seat, especially when compared to riding on the back of a donkey. Travelers could pay a $1 and use their own vehicles, or they could pay $5 and be treated to a nine-hour ride on the Pikes Peak Carriage Line.  The fourteen foot wide gravel wagon road was advertised as " the highest in the world, and a great advance in the field of western transportation."





    my Links

    Shattered Dreams on Pikes Peak, Ivan Brunk (1987)

    Professor Loud

    Springs Trails  -

    Summit Post Trail Guide

    Pikes Peak -

    Pikes Peak





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